Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Gus Bodnar
Gus Bodnar was a fine scorer and playmaker in an NHL career that lasted nearly 700 games in the 1940s and '50s. He hit double figures in goals seven times and rarely found himself in the penalty box.

Bodnar spent three years with the local Rangers in the TBJHL. After leading the league in assists and points in 1942-43 he joined the Toronto Maple Leafs the next season. He scored 22 goals as a rookie and beat out Montreal goaltender Bill Durnan in the Calder trophy voting. Bodnar also started his NHL sojourn in style by setting a rookie mark for the fastest goal by a player in his first NHL game. The historic tally came 15 seconds into a game versus the New York Rangers on October 30, 1943.

Bodnar played four years in Toronto and was a member of the 1945 and 1947 Stanley Cup champion teams. He also played on the effective "Flying Forts" line with fellow Fort William natives Bud Poile and Gaye Stewart. Early in the 1947-48 season the entire line went to Chicago in the Max Bentley trade.

The clever centre played nearly seven full years in the Windy City. He toiled admirably and was selected to play in the 1951 NHL All-Star Game though the club rarely made the playoffs. The highlight of Bodnar's tenure in Chicago came when he set an NHL record with three assists in 21 seconds on March 23, 1952. This achievement took place when he helped Bill Mosienko enter hockey lore with the three quickest scores in league history. After spending parts of two seasons with the Boston Bruins, Bodnar retired in 1955.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1940-41 Fort William Rangers TBJHL 18 13 8 21 12 2 0 0 0 0
1941-42 Fort William Rangers TBJHL 16 20 16 36 22 3 5 4 9 2
1941-42 Fort William Rangers M-Cup 3 2 5 7 16
1942-43 Fort William Rangers TBJHL 9 10 29 39 9 3 2 3 5 2
1942-43 Fort William Forts M-Cup 3 2 1 3 2
1943-44 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 50 22 40 62 18 5 0 0 0 0
1944-45 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 49 8 36 44 18 13 3 1 4 4
1945-46 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 49 14 23 37 14
1946-47 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 39 4 6 10 10 1 0 0 0 0
1946-47 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 15 10 9 19 10 9 2 2 4 4
1947-48 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 6 2 3 5 0
1947-48 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 46 13 22 35 23
1948-49 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 59 19 26 45 14
1949-50 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 11 28 39 6
1950-51 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 44 8 12 20 8
1951-52 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 69 14 26 40 26
1952-53 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 66 16 13 29 26 7 1 1 2 2
1953-54 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 45 6 15 21 20
1953-54 Boston Bruins NHL 14 3 3 6 10 1 0 0 0 0
1954-55 Boston Bruins NHL 67 4 4 8 14 5 0 1 1 4
NHL Totals 667 142 254 396 207 32 4 3 7 10


Calder Memorial Trophy (1944) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1951) Traded to Chicago by Toronto with Bud Poile, Gaye Stewart, Ernie Dickens and Bob Goldham for Max Bentley and Cy Thomas, November 2, 1947. Traded to Boston by Chicago for Jerry Toppazzini, February 16, 1954.
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